Addis Ababa January 28/2018 UN Secretary-General, António Guterres urged African countries to exert more effort to improve women’s engagement in leadership.
While addressing a meeting on women empowerment, Guterres said that Africa needs to work more to enhance women’s participation at the leadership level.
Even though there are promising practices, Guterres said a lot should be done to bring women to the top positions.
Policies that encourage women’s participation and help to extend support and inclusive system that would allow them develop leadership qualities need to be introduced by countries, he said.
He added that empowering women need to be started in higher education by exposing them to different practices that would help to develop leadership qualities.
Though the responsibility of government in empowering women is mandatory, the commitment of women to break the tradition that chained them and empower themselves is crucial, he said.
AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat for his part said since women empowerment is among the top agendas of the continent, each member country has a responsibility towards this end.
He said every country has the responsibility to introduce policy and inclusive system that would help to promote women empowerment.
The Chairperson added that countries needs to set agendas, and strategies that can support the women to promote themselves to the top level.
According to him, African Union is striving to improve women’s participation in every level in collaboration with international organizations such as UN women.
African leaders and first ladies attended the breakfast meeting held on women at the margin of the 30th AU summit.